Look Out Local Librarians.

It’s taken a day or two to sink in. Honestly its been months of denial for me. I know my bookish friends will get this: I’m sad, like actually sad. Border Books closing has changed things for me personally, as well as for my children and my community. The impact here is big. I don’t think everyone can understand that. First there are those who haven’t read a book since high school or college, maybe not even then. Then, there are those who live near a Barnes & Noble – the last remaining book chain. I will even entertain the option of book lovers who simple order all books online and therefore never went to Borders anyway. I know they’re out there too.

But for me and my kids, this is just plain old-fashioned sad.

Wandering around Borders sipping coffee and stroking fresh new tomes is what I do. It’s an oasis, a tiny vacation from everything else. My mom is still like this with cooking or baking outlets. For me, it’s books. I like the low murmur of friends and family reading favorite passages or telling secrets in the aisles. I like the spatter of college kids lying on the floor, heads propped on book bags like pillows, books in the air.

Our local store had signings, author meet and greets, and featured local talent. It was a community. I was part of that community.

My kids are young and loud to be sure, but they were home schooled until last month and I took them to our Borders a lot. It was more exciting than the library (which we visit every Tuesday). There was a childrens area with books they could touch and I would read. Last time we were there, my Kindergartner read a board book to my toddler. Like, he really read it to her. I taught him to do that. My heart completely exploded. My 2nd grader and I talked about the order on shelves, and store arrangement. I’d give him something to find and when he returned with it, we got cookies for everyone.  We have memories tied to that store, the only chain store like it within an hour of me. I had plans to make more memories there.

So, I’m just letting it out all over you guys today. I’m sad. I’m losing a friend and life in the in the future for me and my littles will be different than I had hoped. I know my love for books will continue to impact them, but at their ages, a place like Borders brought our tastes together in a really nice way.

Now, a note to our poor librarians: Be prepared for the Lindsey tribe shall be headed your way more frequently now, and I will most likely be smuggling in my coffee.

10 comments to Look Out Local Librarians.

  • I am sad as well. Borders was truly part of the community.

  • What awesome memories to have. I’m sorry that you won’t get to keep making memories there, but glad you do have some to treasure.

  • What a lovely vignette. I can just picture you having your moment in Borders and people whispering in the aisles. It’s awful for communities and awful for the book industry! Already they are cutting print runs of books, sigh. Anyway, I share your sentiments. Great blog…I will be back!

  • our Borders closed down a few months ago, and yes, it was sad.. thankfully we still have Barnes and Nobles around… and some independent book stores.

  • I feel the same way. Borders was a regular hang out for me. Thank you for sharing how this is impacting you. Libraries are under assault too, with budget cutting being so aggressive these days. So I have to think they will be glad for your frequent presence.

  • I am an employee of Barnes and Noble, and so while it has been good for our store that the local Borders closed, it is still a very sad thing to me, because who knows when it will hit us as well. And while of course I prefer B&N to Borders because of my familiarity and loyalty, sometimes I enjoyed looking through Borders because they were different, and carried some different things than we did.

  • I feel the same way Julie! I’m wondering if one day the world will be completely rid of books :( I love holding the book, turning the pages, and even searching for a book at the bookstore while enjoying a coffee. *sigh* If B&N goes under I’m not sure what I’ll do. Such a shame right? Even for children – bookstores are such a great place to take a kid. Books and their stories are adventures!

  • I feel for ya. I’m so scared the books industry will end up collapsing because of e-books. Don’t get me wrong, I love progress, but nothing can beat a regular, old-fashioned book for me.
    Like others already said, I’m sorry you and your kids won’t be making more memories at Borders, but I’m glad for the ones you did get to make.

  • Julie, I’m sad about Borders as well. The one near me survived the massive closings of a few months ago, but is now being liquidated. I used to work at the Borders in the same plaza about 15 years ago (it was a smaller store in a different building at the time) and I still have friends who work there–though they were quick to tell me that they now technically work for the liquidation company. (And one said that Wal-mart and Target drove them under, not Kindles or Amazon.) I worry now that people will forget the older classics. James Patterson and Stephen King will always be visible at Wal-mart, but what about Huck Finn? It is now even more important that English teachers (like me) carry the literature banner and cover these books–but, with state regs, NCLB, and e-portfolios, it’s actually getting more and more impossible to do so. Just a sad state of affairs all around.

    Great site, by the way.

  • I’m sad too. But your Borders sounds way cooler than ours. Great post!

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